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 Cleaning logging chain?
Jason280  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 4:45:29 AM EDT
Any tips for cleaning rusted logging chain? I have a few lengths that have some assorted areas of rust, none too bad, just bad enough to be annoying. Any recommendations on non chemical methods for cleaning off the rust? I've heard that dragging them down dirt roads help, as well as dragging over gravel. Anyone had any luck with using the dragging technique?
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glazer1972  [Life Member]
8/4/2011 4:46:54 AM EDT
Drag it down a dirt road. Switch ends on the truck and drag it back.
ultramagbrion  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 4:48:06 AM EDT
I've cleaned some that way ( dragging down a sandy road ) . Worked OK .

Also showed where there were some really deep rust pits that made me give the chain away
outofbattery  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 4:48:17 AM EDT
Yep,it's what I do for logging and anchor chains...just drag 'em through the sand and they scrub off nicely.
odontia32m  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 4:48:34 AM EDT
Just what you said, drag or you can soak in diesel for a few weeks. Both will get that barnicle type rust off but once rusted they will always have a rust patina.
viator  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 5:48:24 AM EDT
I always soaked them in a tub of diesel fuel.

I never dragged one, although I think that should work ok.
1srelluc  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 5:57:16 AM EDT
Just remember that "you can't push a log chain".
RaisedByWolves  [Member]
8/4/2011 6:04:33 AM EDT
Why the need for a clean chain?

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BatchelorGroda  [Member]
8/4/2011 6:27:10 AM EDT
My dad used to keep the chains in a bucket and dowse them with WD40 from time-to-time.

Keep in mind...Rust keeps metal from rusting faster.
jeepnstein  [Member]
8/4/2011 6:32:01 AM EDT
Dragging them is what I've always done. I don't worry about surface rust. It doesn't hurt the working part any.
BigDozer66  [Life Member]
8/4/2011 6:33:56 AM EDT
Dragging them works because pushing them is impossible!

bigbrownbear  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 6:55:03 AM EDT
I would use the electrolysis method. I assume you have a battery charger.

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61hawk  [Member]
8/4/2011 6:56:24 AM EDT
Put it in a tub, dump a half-can to full-can of drain cleaning crystals, cover the whole thing with hot water and let it sit for a day. It'll disolve the rust and leave a protective coating on the metal. It's how I've cleaned old gas tanks... and an old anvil.
red_on_black  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 6:58:15 AM EDT

Who the heck cleans logging chain?
AeroE  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 7:02:39 AM EDT
A bucket filled with Evaporust will clean up the chains without any need for mechanical intervention.

But I would drag them.

1srelluc  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 7:12:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By red_on_black:

Who the heck cleans logging chain?


I found one in the woods while metal detecting. The last time the place was logged was better than 40+ years ago. I simply hooked it to the back of my 4-wheelr and dragged it back to my PU. By the time i got there (a mile or so) it was plenty clean enough to handle. It was about 75' long. The last I seen of it it was hanging in a pole barn. No one did crap to it and it was in nice shape.

Badass03  [Member]
8/4/2011 7:13:39 AM EDT
Nothing you can do will help.

Send it to me for proper disposal
2506jet  [Member]
8/4/2011 7:56:20 AM EDT
Drag it, spray down with Ospho let dry then oil.
Kuraki  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 7:58:28 AM EDT
Skid some logs with it like it's meant for.
LoC  [Member]
8/4/2011 8:00:39 AM EDT
RUn Hot for 10 min use your tounge
tysonu74  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 8:02:04 AM EDT
uhhh just use it. it will clean itself
NoStockBikes  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 8:05:49 AM EDT
Wire brush to get the big chunks off, then begin sanding each link with progressively finer grit sandpaper until you get to 2000. Finish up with a good polish on a buffing wheel. Repeat buffing weekly to maintain shine.

Or, you could just not do anything. It's a damn log chain.
USCG_CPO  [Member]
8/4/2011 8:13:54 AM EDT
The easiest and fastest method we use is just drag them down a gravel road. After a couple miles switch the chain around and drag some more. Only takes a few minutes, no elbow grease and no having to use things that cost money like diesel, WD40, etc.
KiloBravo  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 8:20:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BatchelorGroda:
My dad used to keep the chains in a bucket and dowse them with WD40 from time-to-time.

Keep in mind...Rust keeps metal from rusting faster.

Same here, but swap the WD40 for used motor oil.
cjk  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 8:25:00 AM EDT

Tango7  [Moderator]
8/4/2011 8:28:48 AM EDT
Get a 55 drum with a lid, drop them inside with a couple gallons of sand and oil. Replace lid, roll around the yard if you need a workout. Otherwise, roll them down a hill, put the barrel back in your truck, take it to the top and repeat.
TinLeg  [Life Member]
8/4/2011 8:31:21 AM EDT
This thread is surprisingly entertaining.
CWO  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 8:35:31 AM EDT
Be sure to inspect it carefully after dragging. The price of a chain failing under heavy strain can be enormous.
Jason280  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 4:59:19 PM EDT
This thread is surprisingly entertaining.

I know, some of the responses have been quite comical!!
redfish86  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 5:01:13 PM EDT
Chains that belong to me reside in a bucket in the back of my truck with a little used motor oil added.

Who the fuck cleans a chain?
KRONIIK  [Member]
8/4/2011 5:41:05 PM EDT
I found a nice 20-footer on the road a few months ago. It had a lot of surface rust and I wanted to inspect it for damage. So I just tossed it in my little cement mixer the last time I poured a footer.

It eventually cleaned up real pretty; every batch, I'd dump it out, fish it out of the forms and toss it in the next batch.

It took awhile to untangle it when it was done, though!

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